Wayland 1.9 Tagged For Release
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 21 September 2015 at 10:31 PM EDT. Add A Comment
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Bryce Harrington at Samsung has gone ahead and tagged for release Wayland 1.9.0 and Weston 1.9.0 as the reference compositor update.

Wayland 1.9 splits out libwayland-util into libwayland-util and libway-private libraries, with the later being strictly for Wayland itself and not the wayland-scanner utility. As of writing this post, the official Wayland 1.9.0 release announcement has yet to be issued tonight but the code is available via Git.

Weston 1.9 has updated license text similar to Wayland, there is the start on the Libweston work, input device hotplugging is in better shape, a rework to the unit/integration tests, the DRM compositor can now support triple-head graphics cards, IVI Shell has been improved, and there's the new DMA-BUF extension support.

Overall, it's another exciting update for Wayland/Weston while much of the other interesting work is now happening outside of Wayland proper itself but now in projects leveraging their own Wayland compositors like KDE, GNOME, and Enlightenment. Fedora 23 shipping later this year should have near-complete Wayland support while Fedora 24 will likely be the first tier-one Linux distribution relying upon it by default for the desktop.
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